“We create our own demons.” Tony Stark’s voice comes over images of his Iron Man suits blowing to bits in slow motion. The words grabbed my attention right away, riveting me to my seat as I saw the movie the first time, then later as I contemplated what I’d seen.
That quote resonated with me as I studied this movie from a Christian perspective. A Biblical world view. My original reaction was to deny the claim. Demons are Biblical entities. Angels, created by God, who fell from their lofty position. (Jude 1:6) There are all sorts of studies on such – nothing I’d ever like to be an expert on. That’s for sure.
But creating actual demons wasn’t his point. He demonstrated the creation of such antagonism and hatred in another person that they craved his downfall. Yearned for his destruction. Okay, I can see that as a personal “demon” in a loosely translated form.
Specifically, in his arrogance, he used one person with little regard and callously tossed another one aside, causing unnecessary pain just because he could. To be honest, I haven’t seen such behavior outside of a recess playground. Do people really make an effort to bring others down? (I know. My rosy-colored readers are doing a number on my memory!) So this comment from the movie doesn’t apply to me, right? I’m a nice person. I don’t get how someone can be so mean. Blah. Blah. Blah.
Uh, no. Whether we like it or not, every action – even every inaction – as well as every word spoken, messed up, or unspoken has an impact on the people around. The people on the receiving end as well as those who just happen to observe the exchange.
While I wouldn’t go so far as to call them demons, my actions, words, and attitudes can leave a powerful negative impact. And I may not even realize I’ve created such. I may be doing nothing more than buying groceries, pumping gas, or sitting at a volleyball game, but the way I do it – what I’m thinking and my attitude toward my task – gets soaked up by the people around me.
You know, this reflection on this part of the movie built up more than I expected. I’ve shared the negative impact we can make on people. Though I do so hate to leave things in a frowny face, I’ll have to share the flip side next week.